According to federal records, stimulus money was used to run ads touting "green" job opportunities with Job Corps on several shows aired on MSNBC.According to Federal Recovery Act payment records, $495,000 was paid to a public relations company hired by the Labor Department to advertise supposed green job opportunities with the Job Corps. However, an investigation by the Washington Times (who bring you America's Morning News 3 - 6 a.m. on Newstalk 870) shows no jobs were created by the funding, and no jobs or employment opportunities resulted from the ads.

The series of ads were placed over a two-month period during the now defunct "Countdown with Keith Olberman" show and "The Rachael Maddow Show." The watchdog group Taxpayers Protection Alliance called the spending questionable because the television network is known to be "friendly" towards the Obama Administration's policies.

While such efforts by the government are not necessarily "new",  since the changeover from the Bush to Obama Administrations,  thousands of  invoices have been found in expenditure records showing billing codes for advertising and public relations services by the current administration.

Critics say this expenditure, while relatively "small" compared to, say, Solyndra,  hits home with taxpayers because the much-touted stimulus was supposed to put hundreds of thousands of Americans "back to work" as had been promised by Vice President Joe Biden and the White House.